Mindfulness

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The Letchworth Centre has been running Mindfulness programmes continuously since 2003.

“If you really want to change your life and open up opportunities, learning to practice
mindfulness is one of the most dramatically effective things you can do …”
Mental Health Foundation

Mindfulness is a gift that you owe yourself! It can immeasurably enrich your life. Mindfulness offers a way of changing the way you perceive the world, yourself and others. It presents a way of being which involves developing objective, non-judgemental awareness of what is happening in your internal and external space – in your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.

People who practice mindfulness report:
• Reduced stress and a greater sense of calm
• An enhanced sense of wellbeing
• Improved self-esteem and greater confidence
• Being less distressed by physical and psychological symptoms
• Altered pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain
• Better ability to focus and concentrate

Whilst it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, the term as it is used today refers to a series of well-researched techniques largely based upon an 8-week mindfulness programme developed in the 1980’s in America. MBSR is the original, classic course that brought mindfulness into the mainstream.

The Centre offers:

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – the well-researched, three-decade-old programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in which thousands of people worldwide have participated.

Deepening Mindfulness – This 9-week course is an opportunity to move more deeply into mindfulness, to explore more of what it means to be a human being rather than just a human doing, to come into deeper connection with ourselves and with life.

We live in challenging times, so it’s all the more important for us to be able to access the peace, wisdom, compassion and joy that already exist within us, underneath our activities and concerns.

If you have completed MBSR or another mindfulness course and you have a sense that there’s more to discover, then come and be supported in following your mindfulness journey further.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week course, based on the ground-breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. With its foundation in mindfulness, MSC teaches principles and practices of self-compassion that enable us to respond to difficult moments in our lives with kindness, care and understanding.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

 

Mindfulness for Child and Parent – On this fun and interactive course for child and parent come and learn Mindfulness together with your child.  Learning together enables you to support each other to continue to practice Mindfulness in your daily lives.  The course explores many themes; intention, attention, attitude, gratitude, resilience, kindness to self and others.  These skills will empower young people to be better equipped for the years ahead and will, undoubtedly, enhance their lives.

Mindfulness for Parent and Teen – The practice of Mindfulness can benefit everyone. Research
demonstrates that it can help to lower stress and anxiety, to enhance self-confidence and to regulate emotions. Learning mindfulness together with your teen will enable you to support each other to put Mindfulness into practice in your daily lives. You will learn tools and techniques to help each of
you to better manage stress and give you the resilience to cope with the difficult teenage years. Themes covered will include attention, willpower, gratitude, kindness to self and others,
resilience and appreciation – while practical tools include exam and sleep techniques as well as quick stress busters.

Mindfulness for Mental Wellbeing – This in-depth three and a half day programme is suitable for adults who are seeking additional strategies and effective approaches for sustaining optimal mental health. The practice-focussed sessions draw on the core principles of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as developed by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University and colleagues from
the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto.